SOM design to set new standard for urban planning
Design firm wins competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City plan
SOM's 17.6km2 masterplan for Beijing Bohai Innovation City has won an international design competition for the redevelopment of the region.
The design is focused on a redevelopment corridor along the high-speed rail connection between Beijing and the port of Tianjin.
Though incorporating existing infrastructure, the scheme constitutes an ambitious planned city -- and one which, if fully realised, may set a new standard for environmentally-conscious urban planning.
Half of the allocated site will be devoted to natural and other open areas. A feature of the design is high-speed rail for getting in and out of the city, with a focus on foot traffic within the urban centre itself.
"Beijing Bohai Innovation City establishes a new model of transit-oriented development at an unprecedented scale," said SOM project chief designer Thomas Hussey.
"The new district will leverage high-speed rail to bridge two major metropolitan areas and create a sustainable urban environment that concentrates walkable, compact densities around transit stations, while still preserving existing agriculture and green space."
A rapid-transit bus system and electric car fleet are also envisaged, while streets are designed to be cycling-friendlyy. SOM hopes that, combined, the bus system, walking and cycling will account for 80% of private inner-city journeys.
SOM claims its scheme sets "aggressive goals for water, energy, waste, renewable energy and building design efficiency", incorporating a wetland park habitat and a stormwater filtration and cleaning system to return uncontaminated water to the region's rivers.
SOM describes the development is described as encouraging a "a human and family-oriented mixed-use urban community".